I have to be honest, Hollywood Boulevard is a hot mess. The only stars you will find here are those on the pavement; trampled on by hordes of tourists and haggled over by pesky hawkers.
However there are gems here, you just have to look properly and not get sucked into the hype. The Roosevelt Hotel stands proud and beautiful, it may have been renovated inside but the outside remains just as it looked in the 1920s. Sadly the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been covered up with a huge modern banner and you cant get any kind of feeling for it.
But hiding away down Highland Avenue is the best part of Hollywood, a rare remaining piece of original Hollywood, and at just $15US its an affordable trip into how Tinseltown used to be. The Hollywood Museum – a higgledy piggidly collection of almost every kind of movie memorabilia you can imagine - is housed in the gorgeous old Max Factor building.
The staff here are understandably proud of their museum, they mourn the fact that it is passed over for the shiny new Ripleys Believe it or Not Museum, or the soulless wax offerings at Madam Tussauds. So when you next find yourself in Hollywood, go pay a visit to the Hollywood Museum and worship at the shrine of magical movie-making history.
Visit their website here to find out more.